Presentation #407.05 in the session The Milky Way, the Galactic Center — iPoster Session.
In this poster, I will examine Orbital Torus Imaging (OTI), a new dynamical inference method to measure the Milky Way’s potential. OTI leverages gradients in stellar astrophysical quantities (like age and chemical abundances) as a function of dynamical quantities (like orbital actions or energy). These quantities are newly available from large surveys like SDSS-IV and Gaia. Initial analysis has yielded promising results; however, it is unknown how sensitive this technique is to the effects of disequilibria. It is therefore important to test this method on simulations wherein the potential is realistic and known. I will highlight my implementation of OTI for a 1-dimensional system with an isothermal distribution function embedded in a simple harmonic oscillator potential and successful recovery of the true potential parameter. I will also present an analysis of OTI applied to several Feedback in Realistic Environments (FIRE-2) hydrodynamic simulations. Particularly, I will highlight the impact of a merger event on the accuracy of this method to recover the true potential. The FIRE cosmological simulations are an ideal testbed for OTI, as these simulated galaxies span a range of formation histories, allowing us to explore the limits on how well this method measures the dark matter potential. This research will inform our understanding of the bias of this novel method and allow us to improve the modeling to handle effects we find in the simulations.